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Barry Church likely lost for Dallas Cowboys with Achilles injury

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Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church's season is likely over after he suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon, he told NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport following Sunday's 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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Church, who left the game in the third quarter, said he either has a torn or partially torn Achilles.

"A heartbreaker," Church told Rapoport.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after the game that Church will have surgery Monday and termed the injury a "rupture."

Rookie Morris Claiborne, the No. 6 overall draft pick who is a starting cornerback, spent significant time at safety after Church was hurt.

Gerald Sensabaugh, the Cowboys' other starting safety, was inactive for the game because of a calf injury sustained in last week's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Church left that game with a thigh bruise, but he practiced during the week and started against the Buccaneers.

Danny McCray replaced Sensabaugh in the Cowboys' starting lineup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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